yes, it is.
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hi, is "what the hell" a slang sentence ? Thanks?
yes, it is.
"Hell" has in the past been considered a very bad word. The taboo against the word isn't as strong nowadays. "Heck", with the same meaning, has often been used as a less offensive substitute. So you might hear either "What the hell" or "What the heck."
Yes, it's slang. It offends a lot of people, and there's no need for it.
Otherwise, in a broader sense, it is more a "What is going on?" or "What do you think you're doing?" type of question, generally from someone, possibly in a position of authority, who doesn't like what he sees, at least at first glance. Something I might ask my teenage son if I came home and found a party in progress.
If you are simply greeting the questioner, I'll bow out.
I'll quote some phrases using the word :
all hell broke loose informal =:suddenly there was pandemonium. "
"We were in this bar, just having a quiet drink, when two guys starting fighting, and then their friends got into it and all hell broke loose."
( as) —— as hell informal: used for emphasis : 'He's as guilty as hell.'
be hell on informal: be very unpleasant or harmful to : 'The suspense, just waiting and not knowing one way or the other can be hell on the nerves.'
come hell or high water :=whatever difficulties may occur.
for the hell of it informal:= just for fun
get the hell out ( of) (here) :informal: escape quickly from (a place or situation) : "When the fight in the bar broke out, I said to my girlfriend, 'Let's get the hell out of here.'"
give someone hell informal :=severely reprimand or make things very unpleasant for someone.
go to hell :informal: - used to express angry rejection of someone or something.
go through hell : endure an extremely unpleasant or difficult experience.
hell for leather : =as fast as possible.
hell's bells: informal = an exclamation of annoyance or anger.
hell hath no fury like a woman scorned: proverb:= a woman who has been rejected by a man can be ferociously angry and vindictive.
one hell of a —— :informa: -l used to emphasize something very bad or great : "It cost us a hell of a lot of money."
like hell :informal:
1 very fast, much, hard, etc. (used for emphasis) : "It hurts like hell."
2 used in ironic expressions of scorn or disagreement : "Marry my daughter? Like hell you will!"
not a hope in hell: informal: = no chance at all.
play hell: informal:= make a fuss; create havoc. • cause damage : "The rough road played hell with the tyres."
the road to hell is paved with good intentions :proverb :=promises and plans must be put into action, or else they are useless.
there will be hell to pay :informal:= serious trouble will occur as a result of a previous action.
to hell with: informal :expressing one's scorn or lack of concern for (someone or something) : "To hell with the consequences."
till hell freezes over for an extremely long time or forever.
As you can see, a hell of a lot of phrases with a word that is soooooooooo rude we never use it!!
Last edited by David L.; 23-May-2008 at 02:34.